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Towards Imagination & Effectiveness: A Letter from the Editor

By Ted Cockle

The new year has sparked some exciting developments for Ideas. Our hope is that Ideas would become—through brief and thoughtful discussions—a hub for imagination and effectiveness.

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3 Foundational Principles in Student Mediation

By Brian Gertler

Entry-level Student Development employees often have the tools and some experiences to feel confident in approaching student conflict and mediation, but they rarely have the training or education to back it up professionally. Here are three foundational principles to get you started.

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Part II: A Useful Model to Impact Off-campus Community

By Bradley Milks, Eric Fehr, Katie Caltagarone

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Part I: Commuter Students: Why a Community Development Model is Needed

By Bradley Milks, Eric Fehr, Katie Caltagarone

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International Academic Partnerships as an Effective Internationalization Strategy

By James Gieser

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Growth 2014 Excerpt: Exploring the Influence of Student Affairs Professionals on Learning Outcomes

By Christopher Collins & Kristin Paredes-Collins

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Developing Vocational Soft Skills

By Kendall Stanislav

A student development response to the It Takes More Than A Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success report from the AAC&U.

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Book Clubs as a Best Practice

By Peter Roeth

While not all book clubs are as idealistic (or controversial) as Oprah’s, reading books collectively holds incredible value for Student Affairs personnel.

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Student Affairs and Technology

By Rick Muthiah

Student Affairs professionals utilize various forms of technology every day, whether email, texting, word processing, Facebook, Twitter, or smartphones.

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Working With Undocumented Students

By Joel Perez

Many of us are familiar with the national political debate surrounding immigration reform. These debates spill over into many of the communities in which our institutions reside. In addition, this issue is salient for us in private Christian colleges, because some of our institutions have decided to admit students who are undocumented. This decision, whether you agree with it or not, raises an important question that each institution needs to answer. How does one support and assist these students in being successful at our institutions?

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The Basics of Landing a Student Development Job: Saving Yourself from the "No" Pile

By Dana Alexander

Having participated in many candidate evaluations for various positions at our college, I have been struck by the wide spectrum of skills displayed by the applicants. And I don’t mean that in a good way. While some are clearly well prepared, far too many make critical mistakes that greatly diminish or preclude their chances of being considered. After over 20 years in higher education, which have included serving on many search committees for both faculty and staff, I have finally decided that I might have a few pointers that could prevent the sadness of perfectly good student life candidates shooting themselves in the foot by overlooking some of the basic principles of getting a job.

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